Over at Maximum Entropy, Bret Swanson (who is also an IIA Broadband Ambassador) digs through the 390 pages that make up the OECD’s annual Communications Outlook report. Noting that “in recent times the report has also served as a chance for some to misrepresent the relative health of international broadband markets,” Swanson writes:
The common refrain the past several years was that the U.S. had fallen way behind many European and Asian nations in broadband. The mantra that the U.S. is “15th in the world in broadband” — or 16th, 21st, 24th, take your pick — became a sort of common lament. Except it wasn’t true.
Swanson goes on to write that recent numbers from Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report reveal America leads the world when it comes to the amount of IP traffic generated and consume “both in per user and per capita terms.” That means, according the Swanson, that:
[I]t’s not possible for the U.S. to both lead the world by a large margin in Internet usage and lag so far behind in broadband. We think these traffic per user and per capita figures show that our residential, mobile, and business broadband networks are among the world’s most advanced and ubiquitous.